Article: Open-Source Champion Auterion Partners With Mars-Exploring Maxon to Deliver State-Of-The-Art Drones for Enterprise and Government

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

Open-Source Champion Auterion Partners With Mars-Exploring Maxon to Deliver State-Of-The-Art Drones for Enterprise and Government

 Auterion, the company building an open and software-defined future for enterprise drone fleets, today announced its partnership with drive and motor specialist maxon — whose precision systems are enabling the autonomous helicopter Ingenuity and rover Perseverance to explore Mars.

Enterprise customers will benefit from the most advanced, open ecosystem of avionics and motors integration in the drone industry, which joins Auterion’s module Skynode and maxon’s best-in-class BLDC motors, like the EC 87 flat UAV motor. The implementation uses open-source standardization that’s critical for the drone industry’s next phase of enterprise scaling and smooth workflow management.

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Article: Open Science Prize goes to software tool for tracking viral outbreaks

Cures, Drugs, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Open Science Prize goes to software tool for tracking viral outbreaks

After three rounds of competition — one of which involved a public vote — a software tool developed by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Basel to track Zika, Ebola and other viral disease outbreaks in real time has won the first-ever international Open Science Prize.

Fred Hutch evolutionary biologist Dr. Trevor Bedford and physicist and computational biologist Dr. Richard Neher of the Biozentum Center for Molecular Life Studies in Basel, Switzerland, designed a prototype called nextstrain to analyze and track genetic mutations during the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Using the platform Bedford and Neher built, anyone can download the source code from the public-access code-sharing site GitHub, run genetic sequencing data for the outbreak they are following through the pipeline and build a web page showing a phylogenetic tree, or genetic history of the outbreak, in a few minutes, Bedford said.

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